flab·​by | \ˈfla-bē \
flabbier; flabbiest

Definition of flabby 

1 : lacking resilience or firmness : flaccid

2 : weak and ineffective : feeble

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Other Words from flabby

flabbily \ ˈfla-​bə-​lē \ adverb
flabbiness \ ˈfla-​bē-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for flabby


mushy, pulpy, soft, spongy, squashy, squishy, squooshy


firm, hard, solid

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Examples of flabby in a Sentence

his daughter playfully poked at his flabby belly

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There’s a lot to recommend in both: Orléans is tighter but so light on theme as to feel impersonal, while Altiplano has enough charm to carry it through its flabbier moments, and its bag-building core still feels unique. Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica, "Altiplano review: A brain-tickling board game about… alpacas," 14 July 2018 The pork ribs went all fall-apart flabby beneath a smart, shiny bark ($13.49 a pound). Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que," 13 July 2018 Cox's style is a step beyond camp into a comedy of pure disgust; much of the film is churlishly unpleasant, but there's a core of genuine anger that gives the project an emotional validation lacking in the flabby American comedies of the early 80s. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Music / Old Movies to Watch Now / On Video / Small Screen Urgh! A Music War and other punk and postpunk new wave cinema," 10 July 2018 Conservative voices grew emboldened after Merkel’s flabby showing in last year’s election. Alan Crawford, Bloomberg.com, "As Merkel’s Power Drains, the Threat to Europe Grows," 27 June 2018 The lettuce is plentiful, the tomato abysmal (crunchy and pale), the flabby, fatty bacon assuredly not worth the $3.50 upcharge. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "I just ate IHOb’s new burger. Here’s how it was," 11 June 2018 Growing to nearly six feet long and weighing roughly 140 pounds, the flabby creatures are the largest amphibians in the world. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "5 Giant Salamander Species Identified—And They're All in Danger," 29 May 2018 The trinity: Smoke Shack’s sausage ($2.25 a link) did a Jekyll and Hyde thing, going pale, flabby and smokeless one time, then full-figured, tawny and campfire-smoky the next. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Smoke Shack," 4 May 2018 The mushy pasta, simulated balsamic, flavorless cheese and scant greens are at once overpowered by the chicken and neutralized by the flabby breadstick. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "Is new McDonald’s HQ global menu an international incident waiting to happen?," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of flabby

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flabby

alteration of flappy

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More Definitions for flabby


flab·​by | \ˈfla-bē \
flabbier; flabbiest

Kids Definition of flabby

: not hard and firm flabby arms

Other Words from flabby

flabbiness noun


flab·​by | \ˈflab-ē \
flabbier; flabbiest

Medical Definition of flabby 

: lacking resilience or firmness : flaccid

Other Words from flabby

flabbiness \ ˈflab-​ē-​nəs \ noun

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